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3 NBA DraftKings Studs to Target on 12/4/19

While building a daily fantasy basketball lineup, it's important to make sure you find the right studs to anchor your team. As the most expensive players in your lineup, they need big-time production to match their high price tag.

You may find it hard to fit some of these guys in while staying under the salary cap, but you can check out our projections to find value players for your rosters. Let's take a look at the top high-priced DraftKings plays of the day.

Luka Doncic, PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks

DraftKings Price: $11,600

Last night, the Luka Doncic show kept rolling as he and the Dallas Mavericks played in a pace-up game against the fantasy-friendly New Orleans Pelicans. With Kristaps Porzingis in foul trouble throughout, the do-it-all point man took control tallied 65 DraftKings points with 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Doncic has been great all year and is now averaging 62.2 DK points per game. But over his last eight, his shooting percentage has climbed to 50% from 48.3% on the year. Over that span of two-plus weeks, he's eclipsed 70 DK points on five occasions. He's accomplished that same feat eight times with only three games below the 50-point threshold.

He's also been better at home, where he has averaged 1.1 additional fantasy points on a per-game basis. And to top it all of, he's facing a Minnesota team that -- according to Fantasy Pros -- is fifth-worst against point guards and sixth-worst against shooting guards. No matter which way you want to slice it, Doncic is a top two or three play on this jam-packed 10-game slate.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

DraftKings Price: $10,600

Opposite Luka, Karl-Anthony Towns will look to do his damage on the other side of a matchup with an early 232 over/under, per FanDuel Sportsbook. That is tops on the slate to this point, and it gives KAT and his T'Wolves' a 114.5 implied total as 3.5-point underdogs. That's enough to justify the high price tag.

If for some reason that wasn't enough, it's worth noting that Dallas is allowing 108.3 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com's defensive rating. They are a good rebounding team, but they've slipped to 17th over the last three games and have given up 13.6 second-chance points per game -- 19th in the league (21st in the last three). Towns has turned 5.8 offensive rebound chances into 2.6 offensive rebounds and 3.0 points per game on putbacks.

Towns isn't exactly in his best form coming into this one, having shot just 7 of 20 and 1 of 10 from three against the Memphis Grizzlies three days ago. But he's also two days removed from that game, and that should lead to better efficiency as Towns has shot 61.5% (52.9% from three) in his two games with two days of rest this season. If he can add that to a healthy number of rebounds we could be in for a big head-to-head between him and Doncic.

We project him for 51.1 DK points at a value of 4.8 points per $1,000.

Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

DraftKings Price: $8,200

Down in the third tier of top dogs, Spencer Dinwiddie is finally priced appropriately for his role on the Brooklyn Nets sans Kyrie Irving. The starting point guard's salary is at a season-high, but that shouldn't scare you away from him in this matchup.

For starters, Dinwiddie has been straight balling out since entering the starting lineup in Irving's stead. In nine games, he is averaging 44.2 DK points a game and 1.29 DK points per minute in just 32.8 minutes a night. He's shooting an OK 43.0%, but he's knocked down 2.4 threes on top of 7.3 assists and 3.3 boards. His usage is up to 30.2% in that span, and he's got a 2.87 assist-to-turnover ratio -- better than Doncic, LeBron James and Ben Simmons over their last nine.

That will play well against an Atlanta Hawks squad that has really been struggling of late. After a quicker starter, and following the suspension of John Collins, the young team is 29th in defensive rating (118.1) going back to November 14, having been hit up for 52.5 points per game in the paint and 15.6 via the fastbreak -- both in the bottom three in the league.

Dinwiddie isn't a guy you'll jam into a stars and scrubs lineup, but if you're making a well-rounded one for cash he is a good place to start.


Brett Oswalt is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Brett Oswalt also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username BrettOswalt. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his/her personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.